Anyone who has stainless steel appliances knows that stainless steel is far from being stain-free. Fingerprints, smudges, and water stains seem to appear daily — and I can personally testify that most of the stainless steel “cleaners” on the market don’t actually work.

But the homemade stainless steel solutions below do!


1. Use olive oil to keep appliances smudge-free.

First, spray on some vinegar and wipe it clean with a soft cloth (an old T-shirt works too!). Then, pour some olive oil onto a soft cloth and rub the oil into the grain. Use a clean, dry cloth to buff the steel after applying the oil. Some of the oil will be removed, but just enough will stay on the steel to prevent smudges and fingerprints.


2. Spray on WD-40 to remove grease and grime.

Use a soft microfiber cloth to wipe away stains after spraying.

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3. Polish a stainless steel sink with flour.

First you’ll need to clean the sink with hot soapy water and dry it completely before adding flour. (Not drying it completely could result in a gooey mess.)

Sprinkle flour all over the sink and use a soft cloth or paper towel to buff the steel. The flour will get into any grooves in the steel and absorb dirt and grime. Wipe up the flour with a damp cloth and repeat if your sink still needs some shining.


4. Use a baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil paste to remove water stains.

Combine 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon olive oil to form a paste. Use a soft cloth to rub the paste onto your stainless steel appliance, using small circles to really get the mixture in. Let the paste sit for about 10 minutes before wiping off with a clean cloth.


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5. Add shine with coconut oil.

The tiniest amount of coconut oil on stainless steel will create a nice shine. Use a soft cloth to buff with the grain.


6. Polish stainless steel with Pledge furniture cleaner.

Spray a heavy coating of Pledge (yes, the furniture cleaner) onto stainless steel and use a soft cloth to swirl the solution into any stains. Allow the Pledge to sit for a few minutes before wiping away the cleaner, using circular motions.


7. Use baking soda and vinegar to remove burn stains from pans.

Scrubbing burnt-on stains with a sponge and baking soda may be enough to remove stains from pots and pans, but if not, boil a solution of water (about 80%) and vinegar (20%) in the stained pan. Boil for about a minute before pouring out the solution in the sink, adding more baking soda and scrubbing again.


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